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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that he’s banning all large public gatherings to stop the spread of coronavirus, except for Black Lives Matter protests.

De Blasio made the curious comments while appearing on CNN with Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.

“It means things like parades, you know things that here in the city could mean not just thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people,” said de Blasio of his ban. “It’s just not time for that now.”

“What about protests? If people want to march down Fifth Avenue, are they gonna be allowed to do so?” asked Blitzer.

“Look, Wolf, this is always an area of real sensitivity. If you’re just talking about health, we would always say hey folks you know stay home if you can,” responded de Blasio.

“But we understand this moment in history people are talking about the need for historic changes,” he added.

“I mean today, in New York City, you know, recognizing the power and the meaning of the message Black Lives Matter, which we did in front of Trump Tower today, this is a historic moment of change,” de Blasio continued, “we have to respect that, but also say to people, the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the the parades, the fairs, we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now.”

The mayor was referring to his joining activists in trolling President Donald Trump by painting a large Black Lives Matter mural on the street in front of the Trump International Hotel.
De Blasio has been excoriated by his critics and even some on the left for his mishandling of the coronavirus response in New York City.

Here’s the video of de Blasio’s comments:

  • boocat says:

    Proves he’s a political weasel as well as a fascist. Only people he likes get any rights or freedoms. The rest of us can rot while he lets rapists and robbers run free. New Yorkers must be out of their minds to vote for people like Gov. ‘Killer’ Cuomo and Bill de Commio.

  • Marilyn says:

    New York you in the toilet, time to pull the handle and flush. Why in God’s name are these sheep just standing around and taking this shit? Time to over the the Mayor throw him under a bus.

  • Rick says:

    Why watch SNL would we have an asshole as funny as him….

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  • Stephen Russell says:

    OK NY say bye bye to: Macys Parade & New Years Eve events IF active now then.
    Bye bye to $$$$$ for city & area.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Yet we wants Pres to bail out NYC for his errors then in virus issue??
    Rerun NYC 1970s

  • ElenaMar says:

    What a ding bat of a mayor. For the sake of the New Yorkers, I would hope this man is ousted next election. If he wins again, they deserve him. Sure am glad he does not rule our city.

  • CF